Boomkat Product Review:
Instantly feeling like a more considered and pensive affair than previous works Still Night, Still Light opens with the melancholic undertow of 'Another Likely Story', whose perky melodies cloak themselves beneath neon lit synths and softly plodding drum machines, taking some of the bright electropop gleam off the band's sound whilst lending a sense of depth and just the faintest suggestion of darkness. 'Shadows' compounds this (not merely by its title) with its strange balance of winsome, quietly euphoric chorus and downbeat attitude. As the first single to be lifted from the album, the song feels like a worthy ambassador - full of electronic charm and elegance with a few odd moments that teeter on the brink of dissonance to bring an air of nocturnal gloom to proceedings. Producer Thom Monahan (best known for his work with Vetiver, Brightblack Morning Light and Devendra Banhart) helps take some of the bite off the brittle, digitised sound palette with an effortlessly warm, cushioned finish that perfectly suits the tone of lullaby synthscapes like 'The Last One' and 'Take Me As I Am' whilst bringing depth to the full-steam ahead beatbox rattle of 'Anywhere You Looked'. Still Night, Still Light brings the tone of Au Revoir Simone's music closer in spirit to that of recent tourmates Air, combining songwriting depth and careful engineering to their idiom of zinging keyboard lines and sing-along choruses. Highly recommended.